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One of the most elaborately engraved maps ever published.
Pacific by Zacharias Châtelain after Nicolas de Fer. 1719

One of the most elaborately engraved maps ever published includes Southeast Asia with the north coast of Australia, America occupying a central position with California prominent as an island, to the west coast of Europe and Africa. The many inset plans, views, portraits, and scenes make this a visual encyclopaedia of the discovery and exploration of the Americas.
Large vignette of Niagara Falls; others show the hunting and drying of cod. Many historical notes and explorer's tracks.
Based partly on the De Fer map of 1713, it is interesting to show some of the missions established in Southern California, marking S. Jacques, S. Innocents, S. Etienne, S. Leon, Bonnenuit, S. Juan, S. Bruno and Gigante. It also keeps the Bay of S. Simon & S. Jude.


The Châtelain Family

Zacharias Châtelain (1684-1743) was a bookseller and publisher of Amsterdam. He was succeeded by his sons Zacharias jr and Henry Abraham. The Châtelain family was best known for the historical atlas Atlas Historique, ou nouvelle introduction à l’histoire…, a major work of its time. It was an encyclopaedia in seven volumes, including geography as one of its main subjects. The atlas was published in Amsterdam in seven volumes in various editions with different imprints from 1705 to 1739. An anonym person (Mr. C***) compiled the work with compositions of text, maps, plates and chronological and genealogical tables by Gueudeville, except volume 7, where H.P. Limiers took over this task. The maps were made mainly after the work of Guillaume de l'Isle.

The 1705 edition was published with the imprint “L’Honoré & Châtelain”. Later editions had the imprint: “les Frères Châtelain Libraires” or “L’Honoré & Châtelain Libraires”.

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Carte tres Curieuse de la Mer du Sud, Contenant des Remarques Nouvelles et tres Utiles non Seulement sur les Ports et Iles de cette Mer,

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Antique map of the Western Hemisphere showing the Pacific, the Americas and the Atlantic Ocean, with opposite the continental regions, by Zacharias Châtelain.

Title: Carte tres Curieuse de la Mer du Sud, Contenant des Remarques Nouvelles et tres Utiles non Seulement sur les Ports et Iles de cette Mer,
Mais aussy sur les principaux Pays de l'Amérique tant Septentrionale que Méridionale, Avec les Noms & la Route des Voyageurs par qui la découverte en a été faite.
Le tout pour l'intelligence Des dissertations suivantes.


Cartographer: Nicolas de Fer.

Date of the first edition: 1719.
Date of this map: 1719.

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Size (not including margins): 810 x 1400mm (31.89 x 55.12 inches).
Verso: Blank.
Condition: Four sheets, joined as two, upper margin of top sheet extended as right, folds as issued.
Condition Rating: A.

From: Châtelain Z. Atlas Historique, ou Nouvelle Introduction A l'Histoire, à la Chronologie & à la Geographie Ancienne & Moderne; ... Tome VI. Qui comprend l'Afrique & l'Amerique Septentrionale & Meridionale, ... A Amsterdam, Chez L'Honoré & Châtelain Libraires, M.DCC.XIX. (1719). (Koeman II, p. 37, Cha7)

One of the most elaborately engraved maps ever published includes Southeast Asia with the north coast of Australia, America occupying a central position with California prominent as an island, to the west coast of Europe and Africa. The many inset plans, views, portraits, and scenes make this a visual encyclopaedia of the discovery and exploration of the Americas.
Large vignette of Niagara Falls; others show the hunting and drying of cod. Many historical notes and explorer's tracks.
Based partly on the De Fer map of 1713, it is interesting to show some of the missions established in Southern California, marking S. Jacques, S. Innocents, S. Etienne, S. Leon, Bonnenuit, S. Juan, S. Bruno and Gigante. It also keeps the Bay of S. Simon & S. Jude.


The Châtelain Family

Zacharias Châtelain (1684-1743) was a bookseller and publisher of Amsterdam. He was succeeded by his sons Zacharias jr and Henry Abraham. The Châtelain family was best known for the historical atlas Atlas Historique, ou nouvelle introduction à l’histoire…, a major work of its time. It was an encyclopaedia in seven volumes, including geography as one of its main subjects. The atlas was published in Amsterdam in seven volumes in various editions with different imprints from 1705 to 1739. An anonym person (Mr. C***) compiled the work with compositions of text, maps, plates and chronological and genealogical tables by Gueudeville, except volume 7, where H.P. Limiers took over this task. The maps were made mainly after the work of Guillaume de l'Isle.

The 1705 edition was published with the imprint “L’Honoré & Châtelain”. Later editions had the imprint: “les Frères Châtelain Libraires” or “L’Honoré & Châtelain Libraires”.

References: Schwartz-Ehrenberg - p.142; Koeman - Vol.2, Cha7, p. 38 (11); McLaughlin - p. 81, #190; Wagner - 511; Tooley (America) - p. 130, #80; Portinaro - Knirsch - p. 216, Pl. CVIII

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